Chicago, Illinois's Usurper have returned with a new recording which continues the black of black and thrash metal from previous releases and this is a review of their 2019 album "Lords Of The Permafrost" which will be released in February by Soulseller Records.
Acoustic guitars along with some Arabic sounding scales start off the album before going into more of a heavier 80's influenced thrash metal direction. All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them while the vocals are done mostly in a blackened metal growling style along with a few screams.
When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard while the solos and leads are done in more of an old school extreme metal style. Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the music even with it being rooted in the past still captures a modern atmosphere.
A decent amount of melody can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing while blast beats can also be heard in certain sections of the recording. You can also still hear the Celtic Frost and Hellhammer influences from their previous releases in their newer music while the band maintains a style of their own as well as the tremolo picking showing more of a modern black metal influence, spoken word parts can also be heard briefly on the closing track. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover monster folklore, paranormal and science fiction themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Usurper and if you are a fan of black and thrash metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Skull Splitter" "Warlock Moon" and "Mutants of An Iron Age". 8 out of 10.
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